Best of Madison 2012!


For fun, we set up an online survey asking our website users and Facebook fans their choices for the Best of Madison 2012! Each question/category gave 3-5 choices and most had a place to write in a vote if the survey taker had a different favorite or didn’t like the choices listed. We had 773 responses to the survey and want to give a big thanks to those who took the time to participate.

Here are the results!

Best place to get a hamburger in Madison

1) Hinkle’s
2) Shipley’s
3) Hammond’s

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Boneyard Grill, 605 Grille, Shooter’s, joeyg’s Restaurant & Nightclub, tie: American Legion/Wendy’s


Best place to eat a steak in Madison

1) Crystal & Jules
2) Harry’s Stone Grill
3) 605 Grille

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Bistro One, Key West Shrimp House, Sakka Blue, Boneyard Grill, Ponderosa


Best place for seafood in Madison

1) Key West Shrimp House
2) Shooter’s
3) Captain D’s

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Sakka Blue, Bistro One, Harry’s Stone Grill, Crystal & Jules, tie: The Pub @ Trolley Barn/Frisch’s


Who has the best appetizers in Madison?

1) Historic Broadway Tavern
2) Boneyard Grill
3) joeyg’s Restaurant & Nightclub

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Shooter’s, Harry’s Stone Grill, Tiffany’s Lounge, 605 Grille, Sakka Blue


Best place in Madison for dessert

1) Crystal & Jules
2) 605 Grille
3) Historic Broadway Tavern

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Dairy Queen, Key West Shrimp House, The Downtowner, Gallery 115, The Attic/Coffee Mill Café


Best place for a sandwich in Madison

1) The Downtowner
2) The Red Pepper
3) Subway

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

The Attic/Coffee Mill Café, Hinkle’s, Boneyard Grill, Madison Lighthouse, tie: Shooter’s/Tiffany’s Lounge


Best Asian cuisine in Madison

1) Sakka Blue
2) Empress of China
3) Hong Kong Kitchen

Other Write-In Votes:

88 King Buffet, New China


Best Mexican food in Madison

1) Tapatios
2) Los Compadres
3) Ajuua’s

Other Write-In Votes:

Taco Bell


Best pizza in Madison

1) Bello’s
2) Red Pepperoni
3) Boneyard Grill

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Jendy’s Pizzeria, Domino’s, Mr. Gatti’s


Best pizza delivery in Madison

1) Papa John’s
2) Pizza Hut
3) Domino’s

Other Write-In Votes:

Bello’s Pizza, Jendy’s Pizzeria


Best winery in Madison

1) Thomas Family Winery
2) Lanthier Winery
3) Madison Vineyards

No Write-In Votes


Best Bed & Breakfast in Madison

1) Whitehall Bed & Breakfast
2) Iron Gate Inn
3) Hendricks-Beall Home

Other Write-In Votes:

Ayers’ Windy Hill Bed & Breakfast, Lottie Mae Inn, Madison Fudge Factory, Madison Vineyards Bed & Breakfast


Best place for an overnight stay in Madison

1) Clifty Inn
2) Riverboat Inn & Suites
3) Hillside Inn

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Holiday Inn Express, Country Hearth Inn, Gallery 115, Madison Fudge Factory, Lottie Mae Inn


Best place to get flowers in Madison

1) Ivy Vine Florist
2) Fountain of Flowers
3) Town & Country Florist

Other Write-In Votes:

Colonial Flowers, Wal-Mart


Where can you get the best view of Madison?

1) Clifty Inn
2) Milton Hill
3) The Heritage Trail

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Telegraph Hill, Hillside Inn, Hanover College, Moffett Cemetary (Milton, KY), Lottie Mae Inn


Best place to host a group or have a reception in Madison

1) Clifty Inn
2) Livery Stable
3) Knights of Columbus

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Tiffany’s Lounge, Hanover College, West Street Center for New Art, Harry’s Stone Grill, Riverboat Inn & Suites


Best major festival/event in Madison

1) Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art
2) Madison Regatta
3) Madison Ribberfest
4) RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival


Best local attraction in Madison

1) Clifty Falls State Park
2) Riverfront Park
3) The Heritage Trail
4) Bicentennial Park

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Broadway Fountain, Downtown National Historic Landmark District, Main Street, Lanier Mansion


Best special event in Madison

1) Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew
2) Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes
3) Canaan Fall Festival
4) Tri Kappa Tour of Homes
5) Neavill’s Grove “Old Settlers Meeting”

Other Write-In Votes:

Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade, Madison In Bloom, Music in the Park


Best place for coffee in Madison

1) Madison Coffee & Tea
2) The Attic/Coffee Mill Café
3) McDonald’s

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Circle K, Hammond’s, Tiffany’s Lounge, Wendy’s, Horst’s Little Bakery Haus


Best place to get a haircut/style in Madison

1) Mane Attractions
2) Rusted Roots
3) The Barbershop

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Hair Essentials, Body Works, Blades, Dimensions, tie: Salon Reflections/Stylz Unlimited/The Hair Shak/Lavish Spa


Best place to see and hear live music in Madison

1) joeyg’s Restaurant & Nightclub
2) Patio at The Historic Broadway Tavern
3) Thomas Family Winery

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Tiffany’s Lounge, The Electric Lady, Harry’s Stone Grill, American Legion, Broadway Fountain


Best place to have breakfast in Madison

1) Horst’s Little Bakery Haus
2) Mike’s Grill
3) Hammond’s

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Bob Evans, Hinkle’s, Franco’s, Frisch’s, McDonald’s


Best place to shop for antiques in Madison

1) Lumber Mill Antique Mall
2) Main Street Antique Mall
3) Village Peddler

Other Write-In Votes:

Riverwest Antique Mall, Traderbakers, Red Dog Arms


Best place to play golf in Madison

1) Cozy Acres Golf Complex
2) Sunrise Golf Course
3) River Chase Golf Course

No Write-In Votes


Best place to have a drink in Madison

1) Historic Broadway Tavern
2) Tiffany’s Lounge
3) 1st Street Saloon

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

joeyg’s Restaurant & Nightclub, Shooter’s, L&L Lounge, Harry’s Stone Grill, Shipley’s


Best place to buy beer/wine/spirits in Madison

1) Cork -N- Bottle
2) The Fillin’ Station
3) Madison Apothecary

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

CVS, The Bottle Shop, Northside Liquors, Ken-Del Liqours, The Crown Room


Best historic site/attraction in Madison

1) Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
2) Madison Railroad Station
3) Schofield House

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, Shrewsbury/Windle House, Main Street, Broadway Fountain, Sullivan House


Best place for shopping in downtown Madison

(Write-In Only Category)

1) Little Golden Fox
2) Something Simple
3) Blush on Main
4) Floating Cow
5) Galena Garlic Company
6) Fine Threads
7) Gifts That Last
8) Village Lights Bookstore
tie: Main Street Antique Mall/All Good Things Soaps & Such


Best place for shopping on the hilltop in Madison

(Write-In Only Category)

1) jcpenney
2) Wal-Mart
3) Maurice’s
4) Traderbakers
5) Cato
6) Goody’s
7) Big Lots
8) Christy’s Candles & Gifts
9) Hallmark
10) Kroger


Best local/specialty store in Madison

1) Cocoa Safari Chocolates
2) All Good Things Soaps & Such
3) Village Lights Bookstore

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Galena Garlic Company, Little Golden Fox, Something Simple, Madison Nut & Candy, Christy’s Candles & Gifts


Best place to get a workout in Madison

1) Fit for the King
2) Mad City Crossfit
3) SNAP Fitness

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

Anytime Fitness, Rockstar Gym, The Heritage Trail, yoga IN Madison, Cozy Acres Fitness


Best nightclub in Madison

1) joeyg’s Restaurant & Nightclub
2) The Electric Lady
3) Tiffany’s Lounge

Top 5 Write-In Votes:

L&L Lounge, Shipley’s, tie: Historic Broadway Tavern/Thomas Family Winery/The Crown Room


Thanks again to everyone who participated! Visit a local business.